August 2019

New Success Story. Creating intelligent antennas for Internet of Things  Nominations for the Douglas R. Colton Medal are due by September 6. Details online Last week to apply for the 2019 TEXPO Student Research Competition. Application form and last year’s winners are online. Career opportunities at CMC.  CMC is looking for a Senior Application Engineer and a MEMS Design and Fabrication …

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Effectiveness Criteria

Realized or potential economic and social benefits to Canada. Measures include: contributions and prospective benefits to the National Design Network knowledge transferred between university researchers and industry (both directions) successful commercialization of research realized and prospective benefits to quality of life, health and the environment Demonstrated industrial relevance of research. Measures include: scope and nature …

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Industrial Collaboration Award

Overview This award recognizes micro-nanosystems research that has produced substantive results with commercial potential and is supported by an industrial collaborator. Award Details Collaboration benefits are widespread and can lead to new industrial processes, enhancements to commercial products, spinoff companies, and highly qualified next-generation innovators. Innovations can be applicable across major economic sectors – information …

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Micro-Nanosystems Design Award

Overview This award recognizes novel use or development of Computer Aided Design (CAD) tools or design methods leading to the improved manufacture and application of sophisticated micro-nanosystem prototypes relevant to Canadian industry. Award Details The award will be made to the competitor who demonstrates a novel design technology advancement with the most potential for substantive …

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Brian L. Barge Microsystems Integration Award

Overview This award recognizes exemplary research using micro-nanosystems technologies in collaborative, multi-disciplinary and/or multi-technology environments. The research project is expected to be both novel and relevant to industry in Canada. Award Details The award will be made to the competitor who demonstrates the most effective research project with a focus on heterogeneous integration, including but …

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How to Access Development Systems

Access Requirement You will need a CMC Subscription to access the Development Systems products and services. For more information, contact National Design Network Canada’s National Design Network (CNDN) involves more than 6000 microsystems researchers benefiting from industrial tools, technologies, and support services valued at over $100 million. Members of the NDN can leverage services …

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Services for Emerging Processes and Products

Are you developing a fabrication process, instrument, or other innovation that may be useful for R&D in academia or industry?   CMC Microsystems wants to help you succeed in further developing your technology, securing early adopters, and attracting new funding. Contact Find New Clients and Help Them Access Your Innovation Promote your technology via a …

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Laser-Assisted Cleaving

In collaboration with INO, CMC has developed a technique for laser assisted cleaving of SOI devices, and is offering this service to researchers at subsidized prices.

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Parylene Coating Service

CMC provides access to parylene coating service through Advanced Coating. A thin film of parylene-c polymer can be conformally coated onto various devices, substrates, and circuit boards to provide protection against certain harsh environment conditions or to improve biocompatibility.

Flip-Chip Assembly Services

For MEMS and microelectronic device applications requiring a small footprint and short interconnects, our flip-chip assembly service offers access to die bumping or die-to-die/die-on-board flip-chip bonding. Whether your chip was fabricated through CMC services, a university-based fabrication facility, or elsewhere, we can help by providing highly-discounted pricing, access to quick-start documentation, and engineering support.

Teledyne DALSA Design Kits

CMC Microsystems offers access to Teledyne DALSA Semiconductor’s MIDIS technology and 0.8-micron CMOS technology (CMOSP8) with three different process flavors, plus a MEMS post-processing option for the high-voltage process.  Teledyne DALSA Licensing You may access this technology only if your organization has a signed Mutual Confidential Nondisclosure Agreement (NDA) with Teledyne DALSA. 

AMS 0.35 µm Design Kits

CMC is offering access to this 0.35-µm CMOS through CMP. The technology is available with a range of options, making it suitable for: Imaging and optoelectronic detection High-voltage operation (maximum 20-V gate, 50-V operating voltage) Bulk micromachining of MEMS structures Mixed-signal designs High-speed digital circuits Potential applications include: Biomedical imaging Automotive and environmental sensors You …

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Licensing Overview

All technologies, hardware, and software available through CMC Microsystems are for ACADEMIC RESEARCH AND EDUCATION PURPOSES ONLY, unless other arrangements have been confirmed in writing with CMC Microsystems. Guidelines for Use of Licensed Materials A Professor Research Subscription is required to receive access to any Fabrication Design Kits or CAD Tool. National Design Network Agreement: …

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Requirements to Access Products and Services

To access CMC-provided products and services, you must have an Account in ‘100% Completed’ status, Subscription, and the right licensing in place for you or your organization. To access any of the CAD tools/ technology or to access the equipment loan pool, a faculty member must purchase a Professor Research subscription  ($1000.00). Please go to …

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Industry sponsor opportunity! Companies can choose a chip fabrication technology and topic area of interest and CMC takes care of the rest. What You Get Industry Sponsor—stimulate the research community and contribute to grad student skill development in your area of interest, identify potential future partners, explore topics in the design and manufacturing space, submit …

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Access with CADpass

CADpass Installing CADpass Follow these instructions to install CADpass: Quick Start Guide: CADpass Client for Windows Quick Start Guide: CADpass Client for Linux Quick Start Guide: CADpass Client for MAC Launch CADpass (requires Java) Report an Issue If you are having an issue with CADpass, report it using the support form. CADactivate CADactivate is no …

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Faculty gets an account

All faculty must create an account Enter all details until your account is 100% complete After submitting your completed forms, our Registrar will confirm your account information and advise you via email when your account is activated. Access will then be available in 1 to 2 hours.

Student gets an account

All students must create an account Enter all details until your account is 100% complete Identify your faculty advisor as it is this connection to your research team that will allow access If your faculty is not listed, please identify them so we can ask them to create an account After submitting your completed forms, …

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CADactivate is no longer supported. To activate your workstation, follow these instructions to run CADpass: Quick Start Guide: CADpass Client for Windows Quick Start Guide: CADpass Client for Linux Quick Start Guide: CADpass Client for MAC


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MNT Award

Academic researchers receive up to $3,500 to reduce the costs of accessing university-based MNT labs. NSERC Engage/ Alliance grant holders are eligible for automatic award.

Travel Procedures

1.0       General The CMC Travel Procedures are in accordance with the CMC Travel Policy dated June 23, 1993 and approved by the Executive Committee of the Board. 1.1       These procedures cover all travel related expenditures. 1.2       The following procedures apply to all internal and external travellers for CMC. Internal travellers are CMC employees. External travellers …

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How can I acknowledge the ways CMC has advanced my research?

If your research benefits from products and services provided by CMC Microsystems to Canada’s National Design Network, please acknowledge this support in any publications about your work. Thank you for your support. Acknowledgment Text Examples We would like to acknowledge CMC Microsystems for the provision of products and services that facilitated this research, including (please specify products, …

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Financial Assistance Payments

The MNT Award supports custom microfabrication projects at open-access facilities in the CNDN: MNT Award: 80% of the fabrication costs. Travel supplement (for travel >100 km to the facility): costs for travel, accommodation and meals up to $1,500. The Student’s academic supervisor must hold a CMC Subscription. The Microfabrication Award component will be paid by a …

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CMC Cloud Design Environment

CMC Cloud provides secure, high-performance, remotely accessible EDA resources for the design of advanced microsystems and nanotechnologies. Access CMC Cloud Quick Start Guide Access with a Research Subscription What You Get Secure Design Environment: When using CMC Cloud, you have a robust and supported design environment that is securely delivered over an internet connection. Available …

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CAD Compute Cluster

The CAD Compute Cluster is a dedicated group of servers enabling researchers to improve the performance of large computational tasks. See the Support Documents and Instructions Video for information on how to utilize the cluster. Speed up Your Simulations   CMC engineers provide assistance in utilizing the infrastructure as well as domain knowledge on utilizing …

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Ansys Campus Solutions Software

The Ansys Campus Solutions bundle provides access to the majority of available Ansys software, including but not limited to HFSS, Icepak, Maxwell, Mechanical, SpaceClaim, and AIM. It provides simulation capabilities for structures, heat transfer, 2D/3D electromagnetics and multiphysics problems, using CAD file import add-ons, solid modeling tools, high performance shared & distributed memory (HPC) solvers, advanced meshing, and post-processing features. …

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Aerotech ARMS200 Single Axis Rotary Motion Simulator

The Aerotech ARMS200, available from the CMC Test Equipment Pool, is a direct-drive, single-axis rotary motion simulator ideal for testing a variety of MEMS devices such as gyroscopes and accelerometers. The ARMS simulator comes with a Soloist HLe Controller and Linear Digital Drive unit. This combination of tools provides excellent velocity stability, high position resolution and accuracy, and superior angular rate and acceleration. The system is programmed and controlled from the host computer using Aerotech software (provided with the instruments when renting). Custom applications can be developed using NI Labview, C, and .NET.

Professor Research Subscription

Unlimited use of Cadence, Mentor, Synopsys and Xilinx for research use.
Subscriber pricing on over 20 fab service options, short-term equipment loans, and training courses.
Access to cloud-based and high-performance computing resources, engineering support and training materials.

MNT Research Projects

A selection of research projects that benefited from equipment and processes at MNT facilities across Canada are presented below. If you would like to share your MNT research project on this page, complete the project template and e-mail Andrew Fung, Client Technology Advisor – Micro/Nanotechnology Business Development. Microfluidic device for studying T lymphocyte migration in DC electric fields, Jing …

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Seeing modern agriculture in a new light

Jayshri Sabarinathan, Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Western University, has used her experience with microsensors and nanofabrication to develop higher-performing multi-spectral cameras for agricultural monitoring in collaboration with industry partner A&L Canada Labs.

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